“Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives-especially the ability to prophesy…one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them…one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church…if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say. As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, ‘God is truly here among you.'” – 1 Corinthians 14:1, 3-4, 24-25
During my theology class at Liberty University, I came across this statement by Professor Elmer Towns, author of Theology for Today:
“Today, we do not believe that there are prophets in the church, at least anyone who holds the office of the prophets…no one is a prophet today with the ability to receive a divine revelation and communicate it to the church today.”
Professor Towns actually states that the prophecy today coincides with preaching. The modern day “prophets” only have the gift to persuade, encourage and rebuke, but not receive visions or messages from God.
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